Virginia State Police are stepping up enforcement of HOV rules and catching a lot of violators in the process.
On one morning in October alone, police issued 89 citations in a three hour period along Interstate 95 and Interstate 395. Those violations include two second offenses and one incident of driving under the influence.
Between July 26 and September 12, a total of 2,200 summonses were issued by officers focusing on HOV enforcement in northern Virginia. In 2008, a total of 18,269 summonses were issued by police in northern Virginia for HOV violations.
According to police, the large-scale enforcement efforts will continue. A first offense results in a $125 fine. With each subsequent offense, the fine doubles up to $1,000 for the fourth violation.